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    Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Recommended Books This is a short list of books that we have found helpful or fun Clicking on a link will take you to Amazon com where you can read a more complete description or even buy the item Sue Schwartz PhD has written several books Sue was a guest on All About Ears on Monday April 17 2000 Choices in Deafness A Parents Guide The New Language of Toys Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs A Guide for Parents and Teachers Marshall Chasin is the director of research at the Center for Human Performance and Health Promotion in Hamilton Canada known as the Musician s Clinic Musicians and the Prevention of Hearing Loss is fairly technical but it should be required reading for any professional musician who wants to protect his hearing Audiologists who work with musicians will find it very helpful also It is a fairly small paperback book but it is loaded with detailed information about specific instruments We have quoted from it extensively on All About Ears Martin L A Sternberg s The American Sign Language Dictionary and CD ROM 2 0 is an excellent reference and the CD ROM really helps you understand the way the sign is supposed to be made A Consumer Guide to Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids is a paperback by Richard Carmen book that many of our patients have found helpful Do You Hear Me Laughs for the Hard of Hearing by the Hard of Hearing by Maxwell Schneider is a small book of humor that our patients enjoy Ok so it s not a book but we have enjoyed watching STOMP perform on television and now there is a video STOMP OUT LOUD is a

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    appearance ReSound AZURE Hearing Professionals Director s Corner Hearing Aid Repairs One Clinic s History Sudden Loss Article Travel Suggestions Miss America Spot TV News Outreach About this site Ask the Audiologist Industry News Hearing Groups AHAA AAA ASHA BHI SHHH Industry People Archives Hearing Aid Technology Digital HA History Older Hearing Aids Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso A Fish Story Chesapeake Bay The fish on the left is 42 5 inches long Almost a record for the boat The Hearing Center com jack of all trades Phil Ingersoll went fishing out on the bay with some of his friends They caught several big Rockfish including the 42 inch monster on the left The real news is that Phil did not wear ear plugs like he normally does These fishing boats are quite noisy and the trip lasts all day This time Phil wore his Widex Senso digital signal processing hearing aids and was able to hear his friends without being bothered by the noise Phil thinks that he actually heard better than his friends did in this situation This is one more example of how digital signal processing can help in difficult

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    be current within 6 months and may be obtained any licensed audiologist The hearing test serves as the basis for the design of custom hearing aids It also allows your audiologist to provide realistic estimates of anticipated benefits Audiolotists are trained to recognize problems that can be medically treated for which hearing aids would not be appropriate The second step in the process is a hearing aid consultation where you and your audiologist will explore together the options available to you regarding style and special circuits Please be frank about particular listening difficulties you experience and other limitations such as difficulty handling small objects or poor vision Warranty periods and service charges vary among manufacturers If you have particular concerns in these areas please discuss them with your audiologist Some of the choices we will make when selecting your new hearing aid s are Case Style Behind the ear BTE In the ear ITE Half Shell HS Canal ITC Completely in the canal CIC Open canal Circuit Types Linear Noise processor Class D Digitally Programmed Digital Signal Processor Multiple Channels Multiple Programs Remote controls Compression Automatic Gain Control Directional Microphones and combinations of these plus many others Technology New technology allows us to choose different circuits to accommodate different listening situations Some are better suited to decrease background noise levels automatically when the noise is low in pitch machines outside noises while others work better in decreasing loud levels of high pitched background noise water running paper rustling Certain circuits allow for a cleaner amplified sound and have increased battery life compared with conventional circuits Digital hearing aids can perform mathematical operations on signals to remove some background noise Different styles and circuits have different costs Fitting Finally during the hearing aid fitting the audiologist will dispense the hearing aid

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    into the ear canal opening Who can use them These new hearing aids are ideally suited for mild to moderate hearing losses including individuals with fairly severe high frequency sensorineural losses These aids are not suitable for all types of hearing loss and a thorough evaluation by an audiologist is advised before a CIC aid is purchased Factors to be considered in addition to degree of hearing loss include the size of the ear canal the aid s cost and the patient s ability to handle small objects Who makes them CIC aids have been on the market for several years One of the first CIC aids was the Philips XP Peritympanic deep canal CIC aid and later the Starkey Tympanette Neither of these are still available but Starkey now has several CIC models and most other major manufacturers have CIC aids available in various price ranges Different brands of CIC aids have different circuits and case designs and several brands even have remote controls for adjusting volume and programs for music for noisy rooms for conversation etc Some brands have digital signal processing CIC aids that automatically adjust all the parameters for you without any switches or remote controls Not all ears or hearing losses are the same thus some CIC aids will be more suitable than others in fitting a particular hearing loss Models of Digital Signal Processing CIC hearing aids are available from Widex Siemens Sonic Innovations Starkey Oticon Bernafon Rexton and others What are the advantages Since CIC aids extend down into the bony portion of the ear canal the occlusion effect may be reduced or eliminated The occlusion effect is the unnatural hollow sound and or plugged up sensation that some hearing aid users report Because of the proximity to the ear drum less power

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    ReSound AZURE Hearing Professionals Director s Corner Hearing Aid Repairs One Clinic s History Sudden Loss Article Travel Suggestions Miss America Spot TV News Outreach About this site Ask the Audiologist Industry News Hearing Groups AHAA AAA ASHA BHI SHHH Industry People Archives Hearing Aid Technology Digital HA History Older Hearing Aids Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Pictures of Phil s ears with

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    at a resolution of 32 bits twice that of the Diva Overall the circuitry is 4 times more complex than the Diva instrument One section of the processor focuses on the sound environment It locates speech and noise in each of the 15 channels in intensity frequency and location using the dual microphones It computes the levels of speech versus noise and their ratios over time and direction It does all of this 32 000 times per second From all of this using templates it identifies the types of sound being heard The net result is that the INTEO can reduce the gain for noise in a particular frequency band and direction without turning the whole instrument down The result is a dramatic improvement in perceived speech to noise ratio One of the features that makes this possible is the continuous calibration of the microphones one against the other all the time the hearing instrument is on In other systems one microphone may get dirty or something and drift in response away from the other one even though both were calibrated at manufacture Another new feature introduced is feedback correlation in both microphone channels This reduces feedback in the second microphone when the hearing instrument switches to directional mode The signal processor has templates for common feedback like sounds such as music door slams and key noises and will prevent the feedback circuits from interfering with them This system gives as much as 15dB SuperGain which allows vents with a larger diameter better intelligibility less artifacts less annoyance and less likelihood of feedback in noise The INTEO uses its 15 channel fully adaptive fully matched dual microphone directional system to preserve audibility for speech in noise even when the speech and noise are both behind the listener In older systems like the DIVA the directional microphones would switch away from the noise when noise was perceived but in the INTEO the system recognizes when speech is present in the noise even behind the listener and allows that signal through This Speech Tracer system allows better preservation of audibility of speech from the sides and back The Speech Enhancer in the INTEO uses the knowledge of the patients audiogram along with the characteristics of the speech in noise signals to adjust the speech spectrum in all 15 channels using twelve 1dB steps at a rate of 32 000 times per second to get the highest speech intelligibility for that situation New to Widex is the ability of the INTEO to perform Frequency Translation to move signals from above the patient s hearing range down into the audibility region This is not frequency compression but a linear translation of some of the higher range sounds down to where they can be heard This is useful for patients who have little or no hearing above a particular frequency The INTEO has two such translations available to the audiologist one for translating one octave of sound from above 1 kHz and another for translating

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    Travel Suggestions Miss America Spot TV News Outreach About this site Ask the Audiologist Industry News Hearing Groups AHAA AAA ASHA BHI SHHH Industry People Archives Hearing Aid Technology Digital HA History Older Hearing Aids Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Behind the Ear Hearing Aid Photos People tend to cringe about wearing BTE hearing aids You would think that they would be very

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    are preferred in only 1 3 of listening situations Instead of suppressing the sound behind the listener the AZURE Natural Directivity has one hearing instrument set in the omnidirectional mode and the other instrument focused on sounds from the front This concept is similar to monocular contact lenses where one lens is focused for near objects and the other is set for far vision The brain sorts all of this out and the user finds that he can read and see objects at a distance The same idea is behind the AZURE hearing instruments One hearing aid listens for sounds all around the user while the other focuses on sounds from the front The brain sorts this out and allows the user to feel that he can hear the person in front of him withought any sense of isolation from events happening behind or beside him ReSound states that this Natural Directionality offers the same speech intelligibility as static systems with both hearing aids in directional mode all of the time and allows the user overall listening ease in all situations This reduces the worry that something important is happening behind you As opposed to hearing aids that must be switched into and out of directional mode ReSound states that their Natural Directivity keeps the user in the optimal listening mode maximizing speech intelligibility at all times This Natural Directivity idea requires special hearing aid programming software and special testing by the audiologist to properly set the hearing aids action to be transparent for the user The software used a decision tree to select the focus ear directional and the monitor ear omnidirectional The software applies different gain to the omnidirectional and directional instruments and applies algorithms to keep the instruments balanced The algorithms apply different gains for near and

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